This is called starting a chain in style! The Celtics and Nets had a real first fight, intense to the end and ended with a somewhat improbable shot by Jason Tatum. And so the latter responded to an impressive heatstroke from Kyrie Irving in the last quarter.
In addition to the dedicated booing of the net-leader by his still disgruntled former fans, this match started with…a quantity of fouls. After three minutes of play, the Nets, joined by their opponents, already quickly reached five team errors, synonymous with penalties. The symbol of a strong and exciting physical match. Kevin Durant and the Nets can attest to this by seeing the solidity of the Celtics’ defense from the first minutes of time. However, the festival of whistles and passes on the free-throw line allowed both teams to approach thirty points scored after twelve minutes (29-28).
Less volatile, the second quarter was marked by the awakening of Kyrie Irving behind the three-point streak. This one responded to Jason Tatum’s Circle attacks, busying himself with Steve Nash’s Suggested Cut Five. The Celtics winger thus far has shone with the quality of fixation and passing that Al Horford has benefited the most. In the break, the two men had 29 points between them. While Kevin Durant was a good defense (2/10), it took good passes in attack from Goran Dragic to see the net equal the score in the first half (61-61).
After 17 lead changes, the Celtics began to seriously dominate the game in the third act. With his defensive intensity and, less predictably, his long-range title, Marcus Smart was one explanation for the game’s first big gaping hole (72-63). Reduced to single glitches, neither Kyrie Irving nor Kevin Durant were really able to respond to this moment in the game. Jayson Tatum takes the opportunity to “dance” with Nicholas Claxton to give his team an 11-point lead after three quarters (96-85).
Despite the rise of his former team, Kyrie Irving also invited himself to the long-distance party. The former Celtics player poised to sign 8-0 on his own, before scoring sharp breakouts. With their leader and their most intense defense, the Nets took the lead (102-107). Jaylen Brown and the others woke up the sleeping locals to pick up the score. Despite another award-winning shot from Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown still found a way to respond before his friend made everyone agree to the bell. What a game !
What to remember
– crazy last minute ! Keri Irving’s winning shot 45 seconds left (111-114) was a dagger in the net. But no, because Jaylen Brown easily got his namesake Bruce to make it to the circuit. The Celtics then pursued a massive defense, with Kyrie Irving unable to create space despite a string of dribbles, and forced to give up the skin to Kevin Durant at the end of possession. After his “smashing” shot, Ime Udoka decided not to take his last time. The net was trapped by a 3-point threat from Marcus Smart, who found Jason Tatum cutting the circle which ended with a spin-and-then throw into the bell.
– Celtics dominance recovery. The author of a good first period but acknowledging four fouls, Andre Drummond rarely used in the second half. His replacement Nick Claxton tried to impose his size, and it wasn’t enough in a rebound battle that the locals easily won with 14 offensive rebounds in particular. 14 is also the rebounding differential for Al Horford and his teammates. This gives the Celtics 11 attempt another shot.
Tops / swings
✅ Keri Irving. We suspected he would have taken pleasure in silencing his former audience, who also threw a finger of honor at them. And it didn’t fail. In the last quarter, he was on fire, scoring 18 points with a variety of ball moves. Also active in defense, he signed a full match with little to no wastage. Without that decisive shot from Jason Tatum, it was clear he would be the man of the match.
✅ Jason Tatum. Let the game come to you: the ward has illustrated this great principle perfectly. His confrontation began to be selfless with good distribution lines. Then he took matters into his own hands in the attack in the second quarter and then the third. Lately, the winger got it all wrong before scoring this unlikely squad.
✅ Marcus Smart and Al Horford. Shadow Soldiers in the Light! The two men set the tone for defense again and made the difference in attacking at night. The first tied the award-winning baskets in the third quarter while the second damaged the netting racket with his power under the circle and his ability to punish from far away.
⛔ Kevin Durant. 23 points from 24 shots…too bad for the Nets star who struggled throughout the evening to withstand good shots against Jason Tatum, Jalen Brown or Grant Williams. The first two cities confronted him, shooting near the circle or on the “jump”. “I stripped” him more than once as he started dribbling, he missed good transfer chances in the last quarter, clearing himself against Kyrie Irving.
18. Or the cumulative number of fouls issued to both teams during the first quarter. It is a record in this area this season for the first quarter. The period when each champion generally tries not to collect whistles to avoid unpleasant surprises too early in the match.
Kyrie Irving and Boston are still cool
He booed the entire match, and was tucked into the room while returning to the locker room in the first half where he responded with “Fuck you”, the author finger of honor after a hard shot and then other gestures to mock the crying fans… Kyrie Irving was hoping That the Boston audience would have moved on, but it wasn’t, and it’s not going to get any better.
2 . game : in Boston, Wednesday, April 20 (1:00, night from Wednesday to Thursday in France)